Juniors to show skills
CFA’s junior members are gearing up to showcase their skills at the Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria Junior State Urban Fire Brigade Championships in Tatura on February 25 and 26.
About 800 juniors are set to compete in the annual championships, displaying a range of firefighting skills, including hosing a target, climbing sky-high ladders and rolling hoses.
CFA chief officer Steve Warrington said the championships were an opportunity for members to compete, meet other junior fire brigade members from across the CFA and travel around Victoria.
‘‘Throughout the weekend we will see 76 teams from 47 brigades around Victoria competing in these championships,’’ he said.
‘‘This is a very important weekend for CFA juniors. They are the future firefighters in Victoria and this is an opportunity to showcase their skills and enthusiasm.
‘‘These championships promote the important values of teamwork, health and wellbeing, as well as simulating many of the practical tasks a firefighter must undertake.
‘‘They are an important part of the CFA’s volunteer culture and a great chance for juniors to make new friends.’’
The Tatura Fire Brigade won the right to host the championships and have hosted many championships in the past, most recently last year.
The event is expected to attract about 2000 people to Tatura, including family, friends and loved ones of the 800 competitors.
The junior championships are for junior urban brigade members aged from 11 to 17. There are 18 events and two age groups for events — under-14s and under-17s.
All events are based on practical firefighting activities. They build fitness, team skills and capabilities with hoses, hydrants and other equipment.
Victorians from age 11 can join the CFA as junior members through the Junior Volunteer Development Program.